A visionary report on the revitalization of the liberal arts tradition in the electronically inflected, design-driven, multimedia language of the twenty-first century.
Digital_Humanities is a compact, game-changing report on the state of contemporary knowledge production. Answering the question “What is digital humanities?,” it provides an in-depth examination of an emerging field. This collaboratively authored and visually compelling volume explores methodologies and techniques unfamiliar to traditional modes of humanistic inquiry—including geospatial analysis, data mining, corpus linguistics, visualization, and simulation—to show their relevance for contemporary culture. Written by five leading practitioner-theorists whose varied backgrounds embody the intellectual and creative diversity of the field, Digital_Humanities is a vision statement for the future, an invitation to engage, and a critical tool for understanding the shape of new scholarship.
Anne Burdick is Department Chair of Graduate Media Design at Art Center College of Design and design editor of electronicbookreview.com.
Johanna Drucker, book artist, visual theorist, and cultural critic, is Martin and Bernard Breslauer Professor in the Department of Information Studies at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Peter Lunenfeld is Professor of Design Media Arts at UCLA.
Todd Presner is Ross Professor of Germanic Languages, Chair of the Digital Humanities Program, and Associate Dean of Digital Innovation at UCLA, where is is also a leader of the Urban Humanities Initiative, a UCLA program sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Jeffrey Schnapp is the faculty director of metaLAB (at) Harvard, where he is Professor of Romance Literatures, teaches at the Graduate School of Design, and serves as faculty codirector of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society.
Digital_Humanities is, to put it clearly from the very start, a landmark publication that may prove as significant and powerful as Jean-François Lyotard's Postmodern Condition (1979).
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If you want to know exactly what the digital humanities is, what refinements on traditional scholarly activities it offers, what new forms of knowledge making and knowledge sharing it makes possible, what long held truths or truisms it challenges, and what brave new worlds and nightmare scenarios it harbors, this is the book for you.
Stanley Fish, Davidson-Kahn Distinguished University Professor of Law and Humanities, Florida International University
Digital_Humanities is a perfect summation of our exciting, turbulent moment in the history of learning, thinking, and research in the humanities (writ large). Hundreds of scholars and students today are rethinking the basic forms and norms of higher education. This book is a manifesto that helps to capture the energy of this work over the last decade in order to energize the radical transformation in modes of learning that needs to happen in the next one.
Cathy N. Davidson, Codirector, Ph.D. Lab in Digital Knowledge, Duke University; author of Now You See It: How Technology and Brain Science Will Transform Schools and Business for the 21st Century
Digital_Humanities is much more than a manifesto for a new kind of scholarly knowing through making. It engages with the striking variety of work now pushing the boundaries of work: web documentaries, dense mapping, humanities gaming, data mining, and critical curationjust to name a few. Here you will find an expansive, generous picture of the future of scholarship, one built on core values of the humanities, but reaching out to quantitative work, to social scientific studies, to contemporary filmmaking and citizen documentation. Provocative, enthusiastic, and generative, it is a book that joins the humanities to our contemporary, digital world.
Peter Galison, Joseph Pellegrino University Professor, Harvard University